- XRP has been caught in the throes of volatility as of late, with much of this greatly favoring bulls
- The crypto saw a parabolic upswing earlier this week that caused its price to multiply over the past few days
- This intense upswing has slowed down, and the lack of any fundamental catalysts backing this movement may make it feeble and easily reverted
- Where it trends in the near-term will depend largely on bulls, as any dissipating buying pressure could give room for the crypto to see an intense decline
- One trader is now noting that XRP could be on the cusp of seeing a selloff in the days and weeks ahead
XRP has surprisingly been one of the best performing altcoins throughout the past few days and weeks, with the previously “dead” cryptocurrency seeing a massive resurrection when inflows of capital poured in at a rapid rate.
Where it trends in the mid-term will depend largely on Bitcoin and Ethereum, as these two cryptocurrencies have been guiding the price action seen by smaller cryptocurrencies over the past few weeks.
It is important to note that XRP is showing signs of technical weakness, with one analyst noting that a serious selloff could be just around the corner.
XRP Losses Steam as Sellers Move to Erase Recent Gains
At the time of writing, XRP is trading down just under 7% at its current price of $ 0.65.
Although it is down significantly from its recent highs, the crypto is still up from its lows of $0.23 set just before this parabolic rally took place.
It is down from its $0.80 highs set yesterday during the height of the XRP mania, but there’s still a serious chance that bulls will regain control of its price action.
A Failed Breakout Could Lead to Further Downside
One trader explained in a recent tweet that XRP could be on the cusp of seeing a sharp decline, with the token losing its momentum following the recent rejection at $0.80.
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“XRP: Failed breakout, back inside the pennant, and way too deep inside now. Therefore, no coil power left, expecting chop. If still interested in trading this, close chart and set alerts at for HTF levels.”
Image Courtesy of Chase_NL. Source: XRPUSD on TradingView.
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There’s a strong possibility that it will be largely determined by where Ethereum and Bitcoin move in the days ahead.
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Ethereum Maintains Bullish Market Structure Despite Selloff; Rebound Imminent?
- Ethereum has seen an intense selloff ever since its price reached highs of $1,450 just a few days ago
- The selling pressure here was rather intense and came about right as BTC started reversing its uptrend
- This caused the aggregated market to see some intense selling pressure that has yet to alleviate
- The crypto is now down nearly 20% from these highs, with bears continually placing massive selling pressure on its price
- Where ETH trends will generally depend on Bitcoin, as the benchmark crypto has been guiding Ethereum’s general trend over the past few weeks
- Any continued weakness could lead to a further breakdown, as many analysts are looking towards a test of the support at $1,100 and $1,000
Ethereum has erased almost all of the gains that came about due to the recent push higher, with bears taking full control of its price action as BTC also slides lower.
The cryptocurrency’s weakness shows no signs of ending for now, which may be due to Bitcoin’s inability to see any significant strength.
One analyst is noting that ETH is still looking technically poised to see further upside from a macro perspective, as the cryptocurrency’s long-term technical structure actually remains quite bullish.
Ethereum Struggles to Gain Momentum as Bitcoin Plunges
Bitcoin has caused the entire crypto market to nuke lower today. At the time of writing, Ethereum is trading down over 13% at its current price of $1,190, which marks a notable decline from its recent highs of $1,450 set just a couple of days ago.
The selling pressure seen at these highs was intense and, coupled with BTC’s bearishness, created an intense stream of selling pressure that has yet to subside.
It is currently trading above a strong support zone, but it remains unclear how long this will hold.
Analyst: ETH Shows Some Signs of Strength Despite Capitulatory Selloff
One analyst explained that Ethereum is still flashing some signs of strength today despite the intense selloff seen throughout the past two days.
He notes that ETH’s overall market structure is still looking strong despite the severity of this latest pullback.
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Image Courtesy of Teddy. Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.
Unless Bitcoin continues plunging lower, there’s a strong possibility that Ethereum will begin bottoming out and revert its momentum into bulls’ control.
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Genesis Mining head forecasts importance of layer-two Bitcoin solutions
Would Bitcoin and its blockchain be able to handle mainstream adoption as a store of value without requiring second-layer solutions? Genesis Mining’s head of mining operations, Philip Salter, holds a mixed view.
“I think Bitcoin is a good store of value regardless of transaction fees,” Salter told Cointelegraph. “The issue is — the higher the fees are the larger is also the minimum value that can be efficiently transferred.”
Bitcoin (BTC) has stood the test of time up to this point, with BTC maintaining its place as the crypto industry’s highest market cap asset for the past 12 years. Bitcoin is seen as more of a store of value than digital cash these days, however, and Salter thinks complications may still arise from this shift in perceptions:
“Some years ago it was possible to store and transmit $1 efficiently, since tx fees were effectively zero. Currently, sending a transaction can easily cost $15, so it is not sensible to transmit $1 any more. If this trend continues due to more use of BTC and higher BTC prices, it will become prohibitive to transfer value in common amounts and it will be only an effective store of value for very large amounts.”
“That’s why I think that 2nd Layer solutions are a necessity not only for the use of BTC as a currency but also for the long term feasibility of BTC as a store of value,” Salter added. Industry players have worked on layer-two scaling solutions, such as Lightning Network, in an effort to facilitate small transaction capabilities.
Salter himself uses Lightning Network solutions for his own Bitcoin endeavors. “I personally upgraded my personal phone wallet to a lightning-only wallet (Phoenix), so that I can even in these crazy times pay with coins quickly and cheaply,” he said. “To anyone who tried to use lightning two years ago and found it confusing, I strongly suggest that you give it another try now that it’s far more established and user friendly to use.”
Bitcoin’s scaling debate was a focal point of discussion in 2017 and 2018. In September 2020, MicroStrategy said it faced no major issues during one of its BTC accumulations. The firm bought 38,250 BTC using a combination of off-chain and on-chain avenues.
90% of these altcoins outperformed Bitcoin recently
Experts often say the altcoins rally with Bitcoin, and even fall with it. On 21 January, Longhash revealed that in the last seven days, 92% of crypto tokens “outperformed Bitcoin.”
Bitcoin rallied to new ATHs and has remained over the $30,000 range, which still accounted for less volatility compared to previous rallies. However, with increasing prices, and FUD taking over traders, the asset seems to be facing a period of stagnation, at least for now. In the past week, the asset’s price fell 12% against the dollar.
Based on Messari’s price data, Longhash tracked 69 crypto tokens — each of which daily reported trading volume of about $100 million. Among these, 66% of tokens’ prices increased in the past week, and over half of the 46 tokens that gained against the dollar increased more than 10%.
A mere 33% of tokens’ prices went down against the dollar. Specifically, prices of five tokens, including Wrapped BTC, Dash, Bitcoin SC, Zcash, and Maker fell by much more.
Longhash data stated that Bitcoin “has seen one of the most dramatic drops,” among tokens that have been falling over the week. However, experts predict the current dip in BTC prices is a temporary setback before the asset rallies to bigger numbers.
Days after ECB President called for regulating Bitcoin because of its association to illegitimate activities, the asset gained a new critic, which could have fueled FUD. Recently, President Biden’s pick for Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, believed that cryptocurrencies “are a particular concern.”
Although altcoins seem to perform better than Bitcoin, at the moment, no crypto would be able to replace Bitcoin, given its large market capitalization. For instance, Ethereum was up 22% against Bitcoin in the past week, but as Longhash noted, “Ether’s market cap could quadruple and it would still be behind Bitcoin.”
In the last 24 hours, about $1 billion in crypto was liquidated and Bitcoin has been down by roughly 7%. The asset was trading at $32,043.96 at press time. Further, whales were depositing Bitcoin to exchanges, which could further influence prices, according to CryptoQuant’s Ki Young Ju:
Whales are depositing $BTC to exchanges.
Should keep eyes on Coinbase outflow and Coinbase Premium(will launch by tmr) pic.twitter.com/kotHydfxfM
— Ki Young Ju 주기영 (@ki_young_ju) January 20, 2021